As we step into the unknown,
we discover we can be fragile
and strong, and terrified and brave,
all at the same time.
Paul S Boynton
A germination of our heart’s desire is taking place in the dark time leading up to 10:41 pm EDT on August 18 when the Leo New Moon ignites a newfound courage within us to boldly share our light, our joy, and our passion to the world in a way that revitalizes and up-lifts.
Our minds can easily concoct stories to minimize the impulse of what we want to do. We may say to ourselves, ‘what I wish to do doesn’t matter in the scheme of things’ or ‘so many others are doing what I want to do and maybe doing it better than I ever could.’ Whatever story we are telling ourselves does not hold water in the face of experiencing the small bird (in the image above) who is about to take her first flight. This wee one’s big heart, determination, and bravery to go beyond what she already knows is inspiring. A cry rises up in me and I want to shout, 'Go. Go. Go. You can do it!'
Since the beginning of time birds fly in and out of our lives. They are all around. Their flying is instinctual, effortless, something they were born to do, and is something that defines them as birds. And yet, there is a moment when each bird must lift its wings and figure out how to use them. It is a moment where a bird must take the leap to do what it was born to do. As humans, are we any different?
Human beings worldwide experience birth and death daily. Everyone goes through times of hurt and of accomplishment, of being loved and of being rejected, feeling loss and feeling the hope for a better tomorrow. And yet, when that moment comes when we encounter that first flush of love, when we start a new job, move to a new location, or have someone close to us die, we enter the unknown and what we experience is unique and profoundly individual.
This is Leo: the beautiful, potent, transformative experience of being an individual living the human experience and feeling how our expression, dream, moment is unique and vital. Leo says, ‘yes I understand everyone has gone through it. But this is what I am going through and this is what I am about and right now this is everything.' Having an enlightened or spiritual understanding is not enough; we need to embody and live it. This is the joy and gift of being human.
The fire of the New Moon is a fuel that ignites us to boldly express what lives in our heart - to honor what we desire, to take the running leap into unknown territory, and to fly for the first time with some action, conversation, or dream that has us realize we are doing what we were born to do.
Heart of the Lion and Serpent. The Human and Cosmic Heart
Like a small boat on the ocean
Sending big waves into motion
Like how a single word can make a heart open
I might only have one match,
but I can make an explosion
Rachel Platten, "Fight Song"
The New Moon is aligned with Regulus and Alphard two brilliant fixed stars located in the constellations of Leo, the Lion and Hydra, the Serpent. What is notable is that they both speak to the cosmic heart that beats within each of us. Regulus is the Heart of the Lion and Alphard, the Heart of the Serpent.
Regulus, the Heart of the Lion, bestows courage and nobility. He is the star of kingship and can crown and remove leaders. With this star featured at the New Moon, we are invited to be lion-hearted, to take heart and with courage, assume the mantle, assume the leadership of our own lives. Acting with integrity, honor and with dignity evoke the blessings of this star. To act otherwise is to invite a disgrace, a dethroning, where lessons are to be learned about leadership, authority and responsibility.
Alphard, the Heart of the Serpent, is untamed, raw primal feminine energy. Where Leo is king of the world and responsible for its care, Alphard is queen of the primordial potential that is breaking through all that has already been created.
Alphard is the heart of the kundalini serpent. She cannot be civilized and does not respond to reason. She will have her way and does not yield to morality, societal rules or expectations. She seeks to eliminate the restrictions that inhibit her expression.
Alphard's presences stirs great passion and emotion within the heart of humanity. Activated prematurely or without the guiding light of awareness, she is volatile and ruthless. She evokes the power of our shadow nature and can catalyze us to act in a compulsive, narcissistic way.
Snake’s venom can poison and it can initiate. It can be destructive or transformative. By not repressing, denying or quieting the heart of the kundalini life force within us and guiding it with intention, it can break down the illusions or walls that bind us. It fuels the explorer, the activist, the pioneer in each of us for better or worse. An open heart is the key to unlocking its life-giving, generative power.
Regulus and Alphard both speak of the power of the heart to illuminate the way forward with the passion, determination, knowing, longing and courage that are attributes of the open heart. That both these stars are activated at this New Moon indicates that the journey ahead is not for the faint of heart and that the Way of the Heart is the one way to move forward that assures a beneficial outcome.
Around us we can readily identify those people or groups who amplify the shadow side of the Lion’s and Serpent’s Heart. Kingship can unwittingly be wielded as the right to lord something over another and Primordial Creative Fire can drive people to wanton acts of destruction.
Humanity is being challenged to know itself, to know the treasure and the potential that resides in the human heart. It is a monumental undertaking for each human to tend to their heart. Blaming others or devising ways for others to have a change of heart can easily become a diversion from the essential work of enlivening our heart so that our joy, our love takes flight.